Category: What is The Establishment?

Trump Exposes How the “Swamp” Works

Remember how Trump justified signing the omnibus spending bill last week by claiming that the seven hundred billion dollars allocated for the military was desperately needed? For conservatives or others of a “right-leaning” nature, claiming military need is just the easiest catch-all excuse for confiscatory taxation, used the same way the Democrats cite “desperately-needed” social programs. Happily, Trump is so dumb that he...

No, Trump Didn’t Get “Rolled”: An Open Letter to Old Friends

My old haunt American Thinker, along with PJ Media, American Spectator, and almost all the other big “conservative” websites, jumped headfirst onto the Trump bandwagon almost two years ago. From that time, the official editorial line has been that everything Trump does must be justified and defended, and that all criticism of the man or his cult must be muted or outright barred. ...

David French on John Bolton

David French, who writes for National Review and was backed as a presidential candidate by Bill Kristol of the American Enterprise Institute, says John Bolton is not “extreme” because after all, he is affiliated with NR and AEI. Bolton is not — as some in the media would have you believe — a mere flame-throwing Fox News “talking head.” He’s a former U.S....

Trump Reads 2,000-page Spending Bill Carefully, Signs

Donald Trump, who is hosting the U.S. presidency this season, to the delight of reality TV fans everywhere, tweeted his adoring public that he was thinking of vetoing the 2000-plus-page spending bill Congress delivered to his desk. Then, having engaged in a careful reading of the bill situation, he changed his mind and signed — but for the last time! (Or something like...

Bolton and Trump: Together at Last

I have nothing left to say about John Bolton that will do my blood pressure any good. He is Trump with a brain and an image-conscious “crusty ol’ veteran” moustache. He is an armchair quarterback in a game played with other people’s sons and husbands. He is — sorry to be so blunt and cruel — a Fox News expert commentator.  Last September,...

Moment of Reckoning for the “Conservative Media”

The sham that is the Trump presidency has served its primary function quite well — it has decimated the grassroots conservative movement at the moment when that movement seemed to be gaining enough traction to have some effect as a counterforce to America’s progressive transformation. When I say “decimated,” I mean “crushed,” as Mitch McConnell promised to do to the Tea Party in...

Mark Levin Cries for Poor Donald

I have written before about my personal history with Mark Levin, such as it is, and also about my deep disappointment at seeing the most principled and intelligent of the major conservative radio hosts playing footsie with Trump and his cult, both before and after Trump became the establishment’s official choice in the GOP primaries. Once again, Levin has doubled down on his...

No One Left to Lie To

I borrow the title of this post from Christopher Hitchens’ book about Bill Clinton, which seems fitting, since, as I have argued more than once, Donald Trump — this era’s universal liar — has borrowed the governing style of the best president of his lifetime (according to him): Say whatever suits today’s audience, and play Confuse-a-Cat by stealing popular issues from your opponents....

Feeling Hosed Yet, Trumpsters? (Don’t bother, I know the answer)

Donald Trump, who built an entire campaign and personal cult out of (sort of) promising to build a thirty-foot-high border wall that Mexico would (sort of) pay for, while in the process (sort of) sending illegal immigrants out of the country, is now sounding a little softer on immigration than “Little Marco.” A few days ago, an official Trump spokesman was out on...